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SXSW 2019

The Stupid Society. How Tech is Killing Our Skills

In this panel we want to discuss the impact of TECHNOLOGY on the human skills sets and emotions in social and professional life. Already today small robots and general AI’s in households and offices take over mundane tasks and small jobs. Does this make us end up becoming more stupid and heartless? When a household AI for example suggests presents, will we lose our ability to be creative? And when robots do the therapeutic work for elderly and patients of Alzheimer – does this mean we will lose compassion?
Moreover, in the future we will have robot-cars driving us around. Are we humans on the way to becoming a stupid society by becoming victims of technology and without a basic level of skills? Or differently put: Is this overreliance on technology dangerous?

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  1. Status quo: participants will learn what kind of technology already exist in the market (including a live demonstration of e.g. PARO, JIBO and KURI)
  2. Challenges:Particpants will get the chance to learn about the negativ effects of new technologies, like possible loss of skills, memory and compassion
  3. A look to the future: More robots (like self driving cars) will have an impact on our relationships to each another and our skill set level


  • Nick Sohnemann, CEO, FUTURE CANDY GmbH
  • Julia Shaw, Memory Hacker & Cofounder of Spot, SPOT
  • Wilko Stark, Vice President Daimler Strategy & Product Strategy and Planning Mercedes-Benz Cars and CASE, Daimler AG
  • Brian Eberman, CEO, Jibo Inc


Nick Sohnemann, CEO, FUTURE CANDY GmbH

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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